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SummerSlam (2006) was the nineteenth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on August 20, 2006 at the TD Banknorth Gardenmarker in Boston, Massachusettsmarker and featured performers from the Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW brands. This marked the first inter-brand pay-per-view to feature the ECW brand.

The main match on the Raw brand was Edge versus John Cena for the WWE Championship, which Edge won by pinfall after hitting Cena in the back of the head with a pair of brass knuckles. The predominant match on the SmackDown! brand was King Booker versus Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Batista won by disqualification following interference from Queen Sharmell. The primary match on the ECW brand was The Big Show versus Sabu in an Extreme rules match for the ECW Championship. Big Show won the match and retained the title after pinning Sabu following a chokeslam through a table. The featured matches on the undercard included D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) versus The McMahons (Vince and Shane) and Hulk Hogan versus Randy Orton.

Several of the existing feuds carried on after the event. D-Generation X continued feuding with The McMahons, defeating them and The Big Show in a Hell in a Cell match the following month. The feud between Batista and King Booker also continued, with the two facing off as part of a Fatal Four-Way match at No Mercy, which Booker won. The following month, at Unforgiven, John Cena defeated Edge in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to win the WWE Championship and conclude their storyline.

Background

The main feud heading into SummerSlam on the Raw brand was between Edge and John Cena over the WWE Championship. Edge won the WWE Championship on the July 3 edition Raw by defeating then-champion Rob Van Dam and Cena in a Triple Threat match. The following week, on Raw, after defeating Shelton Benjamin, Cena attacked Edge, who was providing commentary for the match. Edge, however, fought off Cena and executed an Edgecution followed by a spear. Later that night, as part of the storyline, Cena attacked Edge and Lita, Edge's girlfriend, at their hotel. On the July 15 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, Cena faced off against Edge for the WWE Championship. Cena won the match by disqualification after Lita interfered and slapped the referee. Since a championship cannot change hands via countout or disqualification, Edge retained the title. After the match, Cena attacked Edge and performed an FU through an announce table. Three weeks later, on the July 31 edition of Raw, Edge versus Cena for the WWE Championship was booked for SummerSlam, with the stipulation being if Edge got himself counted out or intentionally disqualified, he would lose the WWE Championship. On August 14, Edge went to Cena's father's house in West Newbury, Massachusettsmarker and slapped him.



The main feud on the SmackDown! brand was between King Booker and Batista over the World Heavyweight Championship. In January, Batista legitimately tore his triceps and was forced to vacate the World Heavyweight Championship. The following month, at No Way Out, Batista cut a promo claiming that when he returns from injury, he will become World Heavyweight Champion once again. Batista made his in-ring return five months later, on the July 15 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, in a six-man tag team match. At The Great American Bash, Booker defeated Rey Mysterio to win the World Heavyweight Championship, and Mr. Kennedy defeated Batista by disqualification. On the August 4 edition of SmackDown!, Batista defeated Kennedy and claimed he would save his congratulations until after he won back the World Heavyweight Championship. The following week, on SmackDown!, Batista thanked Booker for holding onto "his" title and told him he would be needing it back at SummerSlam.

The main feud on the ECW brand was between The Big Show and Sabu over the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. On the July 25 edition of ECW on Sci Fi, Sabu requested an ECW World Heavyweight Championship match against Big Show, but ECW General Manager Paul Heyman denied his request. Later that night, after Big Show defeated Kane to retain the ECW Championship, Sabu attacked Big Show with a steel chair. The following week, Heyman once again denied Sabu's request for an ECW Championship match.

In retaliation, Sabu attacked Big Show with a steel chair and executed an Arabian Facebuster, a diving leg drop with a chair. On the August 15 edition of ECW on Sci Fi, a Ladder match was set between Rob Van Dam and Sabu, with the stipulation being whoever won would be the next number one contender to the ECW Championship. Sabu won the match, but however, after the match, Big Show came out and executed a chokeslam on both Sabu and Van Dam.

Event

Other on-screen talent
Role: Name:
Commentator Jim Ross
Jerry "The King" Lawler
Michael Cole
John "Bradshaw" Layfield
Joey Styles
Tazz
Carlos Cabrera
Hugo Savinovich
Ring announcer Lilian Garcia
Tony Chimel
Justin Roberts
Referee Mike Chioda
Jack Doan
Chad Patton
Nick Patrick
Charles Robinson
Mickie Henson
Before the event went live on pay-per-view, Carlito defeated Rob Conway in a dark match following a Backcracker. The first match of the event was Chavo Guerrero versus Rey Mysterio in a grudge match. Both men took control during the match. Vickie Guerrero interrupted the match and tried to stop both men from fighting. She pulled Chavo out of the ring and tried to stop him but he kept on fighting. Vickie then tried to plead with Mysterio, however, it resulted in her accidentally shoving Mysterio off the ropes. Chavo took advantage by performing a frog splash on Mysterio for the victory.

The second match was an Extreme Rules match for the ECW World Championship between champion The Big Show and Sabu. In the beginning, Sabu gained the advantage in the match as he threw objects into the ring and leapt off a chair to go headfirst with Big Show through a table. As a result, Big Show was busted open. Big Show took the upper hand as he balanced a table through the steps and performed a Spike DDT on Sabu through the table. After some back and forth action, Big Show performed a Showstopper on Sabu through a table for the victory.

The third match was between Hulk Hogan and Randy Orton. Orton took the advantage in the match, as he focused on Hogan's injured knee. The match saw Orton perform an RKO on Hogan. As Orton went for the pin, Hogan had his feet on the ropes but the referee didn't see it, originally giving Orton the victory. Later, the referee saw that Hogan's feet were still on the ropes and restarted the match. The match, however, was won by Hogan when he hit a leg drop for a pinfall victory.

The fourth match was an "I Quit" match between Ric Flair and Mick Foley. In the beginning, Foley used Mr. Socko applying the Mandible claw, but Flair did not quit. The ring was surrounded by many hardcore objects, including Foley's signature bag of thumbtacks. Flair was thrown into these hardcore objects several times. Flair managed to hit Foley a barbed wire baseball bat. When Foley got up, Flair charged him over the top rope onto a trashcan. Foley was unconscious until Melina, Foley's friend, came with officials to check him. Foley was unable to continue, so the referee rang the bell giving Flair the victory but Flair continued the assault. Melina saved Foley and Flair had a barbed wire baseball bat in his hand. As he was ready to hit Melina with the bat, Foley quit giving Flair the victory.

The fifth match was for the World Heavyweight Championship between Batista and the champion King Booker. During the match, it seemed that Booker would win when he had set up Batista for the scissors kick but as he hit the move, Batista countered it into a suplex powerslam. Batista got Booker and tried to hit him a Batista Bomb setting him up for the move. As he tried to lift Booker up, Queen Sharmell interfered by kicking Batista. As a result, Booker was disqualified, so Batista won the match but not the title because a title cannot change hands by disqualification.

The sixth match was a tag team match between D-Generation X (DX) (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) and The McMahons (Vince and Shane). Before the beginning of the match, Spirit Squad interfered on the behalf of McMahons but were tossed out by DX until Finlay, William Regal and Mr. Kennedy from SmackDown! and ECW World Champion The Big Show interfered. Triple H controlled the SmackDown! superstars while Michaels fought Big Show, who slammed Triple H through the ECW announce table. The match officially began as the McMahons took advantage and hit DX several tag team moves, including the Hart Attack and the Doomsday Device. Shane tried to pin Michaels but Michaels kicked out of the move and got up. He clotheslined Shane and tagged in with Triple H. McMahons were sent to the floor as it seemed that DX still had some control in the match but Umaga interfered as the final man on the behalf of McMahons. Armando Alejandro Estrada distracted the referee while Umaga hit Triple H the Samoan Spike. He also tried to hit Michaels a Samoan Spike but Kane's music played as Kane came to prevent Umaga from attacking DX. He interfered on the behalf of DX and chased Umaga from the match. Vince tried to pin Triple H, taking advantage of Umaga's attack. Triple H, however, kicked out of the cover. McMahon attacked the referee and then put a trash can on the face of Triple H who was laying in the corner. Shane tried to hit Triple H a Coast-To-Coast but Michaels hit Shane a Sweet Chin Music. Vince tried to rescue his son but a trash can was smashed on his head by Triple H. Michaels superkicked Vince who went straight into Triple H's Pedigree for DX's pinfall victory.

The main event was between Edge and John Cena for the WWE Championship. In this match the stipulation was that if Edge got disqualified, he would lose the title to Cena. During the match, Cena used several blows and slams on Edge. He also hit Edge a belly-to-belly suplex and kept an eye on Edge's valet the WWE Women's Champion Lita. Edge took advantage and connected with chokeholds and a flying clothesline, but Cena was able to recover. Lita tried to interfere but Edge warned her not to, because if he got disqualified, he would lose the title. Lita threw a steel chair into the ring, but Edge threw it back outside the ring, and Cena took advantage. Cena then applied the STFU on Edge. Lita tried to interfere again, but Edge warned her once again. Edge made it to the ropes and while the referee told Cena to break the hold, Lita handed Edge a pair of brass knuckles. As Cena broke the hold, Cena put Edge on his shoulders again for the FU but this time Lita jumped on Edge's back when Cena had Edge set up for the FU, and Lita was the recipient of the FU instead of Edge. Edge then jumped off of Cena's back and hit Cena in the back of the head with the brass knuckles to win the match and retain his championship.

Aftermath

Edge and John Cena continued to feud over the WWE Championship. On the August 21 edition of Raw, Edge threw John Cena's "Spinner WWE Championship" belt into the Long Island Soundmarker and unveiled his own "Rated R-Spinner WWE Championship" belt. Jeff Hardy returned to Raw, his return to WWE after three years, and defeated Edge in a non-title match by disqualification. After the match, Cena stormed down to the ring and attacked Edge, which preceded to Cena throwing Edge into the Long Island Sound. On the August 28 edition of Raw, Cena challenged Edge for the WWE Championship with the stipulation being that if Cena lost, he would not challenge for the title again and would leave Raw to go back to SmackDown!. Edge accepted the challenge stating that that the match would take place in his hometown and it would be a match that Edge had never lost: a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. Later that night, Cena faced the returning Chris Masters in a match where Masters was disqualified when Edge attacked Cena. At Unforgiven, Cena faced Edge in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match, which Cena won marking, his third WWE Championship reign which would last for more than a year.

King Booker and Batista also continued to feud over the World Heavyweight Championship. On the August 25 edition of SmackDown!, Batista and Bobby Lashley defeated King Booker, Finlay and William Regal in a 3-on-2 handicap match. On the September 8 edition of SmackDown!, Batista faced Booker in a SummerSlam rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship, which he lost due to interference by Finlay. On the September 15 edition of SmackDown!, Lashley became the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Finlay, as Batista was scheduled to face Finlay. On the October 6 edition of SmackDown!, Batista and Lashley faced Finlay and Booker in the main event, which resulted in a no contest. SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long then made the World Heavyweight Championship match at No Mercy, a Fatal Four-Way match. At No Mercy, Booker retained the World Heavyweight Championship.

Results

# Results Stipulations Times
Carlito defeated Rob Conway Singles match 04:20
1 Chavo Guerrero defeated Rey Mysterio Singles match 10:59
2 The Big Show (c) defeated Sabu Extreme Rules for the ECW World Championship 08:30
3 Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Orton Singles match 10:56
4 Ric Flair defeated Mick Foley "I Quit" match 12:47
5 Batista defeated King Booker (c) (with Queen Sharmell) by disqualification Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship 10:30
6 D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) defeated Vince and Shane McMahon Tag team match 13:02
7 Edge (c) (with Lita) defeated John Cena Singles match for the WWE Championship 15:41


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